Snipe hunt

Earlier this week,rumours of an actress being involved in a road accident in Bandra sparked a wild-goose chase which sent the police and hospital authorities into a tizzy.

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 12, 2013 12:46 am

Earlier this week,rumours of an actress being involved in a road accident in Bandra sparked a wild-goose chase which sent the police and hospital authorities into a tizzy. Policemen across ranks — from the senior inspector to the Additional Commissioner of Police — started receiving calls from the media. The calls had a domino effect on the police,who sent teams to the Mount Mary area to check if an accident had occurred.

An enterprising policeman even came up with the idea of visiting Bhabha Hospital to check if the actress had taken the victims there and “managed” the matter. This continued with the hospital staff also checking if the actress had quietly “settled” the matter. All this while,the actress herself was shooting in Jaipur for an upcoming movie!

Ping-pong

An official at one of the departments in P/South ward office at Goregaon was caught in a bind last week when the ward officer gave him permission to release some information being sought by a visitor. At the same time,his department head stubbornly refused to allow him to provide details.

The official was heard complaining to his colleague,“My boss refuses to let me provide the data and his boss orders the exact opposite. This happens all the time.”

Finally,only after the ward officer summoned the department head and ordered him to provide the information,was the official relieved. “For the first time,the right person was blamed,” he was heard saying.

‘Unbroken vigil’

Little did the city know that last week,BMC was on ‘high alert’ on August 6 till early August 7. Anticipating drunken revelry on Mumbai’s coastline on the occasion of Gatari,the last day of the Ashad month,BMC pulled out all stops to ensure the transition into the Hindu holy month of Shravan went without incident. In addition to its 46 lifeguards,Koli fishermen were engaged to protect the citizens celebrating near the six beaches. The Mumbai Police and two teams of 45 personnel from the National Disaster Rescue Force were also called in. “We even secured Gateway of India and the patrolling duty went on till after midnight. It was a tense time for BMC,” said chief of civic disaster management cell Mahesh Narvekar,heaving a sigh of relief.

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